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2004-06-12 17:45
1. Chinese Export Commodities Fair (CECF) , also called Canton Fair
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Chinese Export Commodities Fair, also called Canton Fair, is held twice a year in Spring and Autumn since it was inaugurated in the Spring of 1957. It is China's largest trade fair of the highest level, of the most complete varieties and of the largest attendance and business turnover. Preserving its traditions, the Fair is a comprehensive and multi-functional event of international importance.
Forty-eight Trading Delegations, being composed of thousands of China's best foreign trade corporations (enterprises) with good credibility and sound financial capabilities, take part in the Fair, including foreign trade companies, factories, scientific research institutions, foreign invested enterprises, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, private enterprises, etc.
Besides traditional way of negotiating against samples, the Fair holds Canton Fair online. The Fair leans to export trade, though import business is also done here. Apart from the above-mentioned, various types of business activities such as economic and technical cooperations and exchanges, commodity inspection, insurance, transportation, advertising, consultation, etc. are also carried out in flexible ways. Business people from all over the world are gathering in Guangzhou, exchanging business information and developing friendship.

Time of Initiation: the spring of April, 1957
Fair Session: Phase 1:April.15th -20th Phase 2:April.25th-30th (Spring)
Phase 1:Oct.15th -20th Phase 2:Oct.25th-30th (Autumn)
Duration: 6 days each phase, 2 phases each session
Venue: Chinese Export Commodities Fair (Pazhou) Complex
(Xingang Dong Road, Haizhu, Guangzhou, China)
Chinese Export Commodities Fair (Liuhua) Complex
(117 Liu Hua Road, Guangzhou, China)
Exhibition Space: 540,000 M2
Number of Booths: 27,000 standard booths
Varieties: more than 100,000
Business Turnover20,490 Million USD(94th Session)
Number of Trading Countries & Regions: 201 (94th Session)
Exhibitors: 10,195 companies

Contact: The Foreign Liaison Department, China Foreign Trade Centre
Add: No. 117 Liu Hua Road, Guangzhou, China, 510014
Tel: 86-20-26082558, Fax: 86-20-83335880

2. The China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT)
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China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), China 's sole nationwide international investment and trade event, is sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China . Held annually during September 8-11 in Xiamen, this grand event involves 45 unit members, including all Chinese governments at provincial and municipal levels, autonomous regions, governments of select cities directly under state planning, as well as ministries, commissions, offices, bureaus and national associations under the central government.

With its far-reaching internationality, authoritativeness and effectiveness, CIFIT has attracted the participation of numerous overseas and domestic governmental organizations, quasi-official organizations and enterprises. Investors, traders, investment intermediate agencies, commercial associations and chambers of commerce from over one hundred countries and regions flock to CIFIT to seek opportunities. Each session of CIFIT has over 10,000 overseas business guests and 50,000 domestic business guests. CIFIT is not only a window for foreign commodities and capital to enter China , but also an important bridge for Chinese enterprises to go global. As one of China 's most influential brand exhibition fairs, CIFIT fast becoming an international investment expo.

The 8th CIFIT has aimed at giving prominence to CIFIT's internationality and expanding the number and range of attending countries and regions, so as to expand its reputation as an international investment expo. Therefore, in addition to running the Member Unit Investment Promotion Pavilion, Investment Service Pavilion and Enterprise Pavilion, this CIFIT will highlight the Overseas Pavilion, which will be expanded to provide an efficient stage for facilitating overseas enterprises' exploration in China .

- The premier window for showcasing corporate image and promoting brands. As China's sole state-level large-sized international exhibition with the theme of investment and relevant trade talks, each session of the Fair attracts both domestic business guests as well as attendants from over 100 foreign countries and regions-- over 10,000 foreign participators for each session, with an aggregate number exceeding 100,000.
About 1200 reporters from 300-plus domestic and foreign media agencies will report the Fair over their media. The exhibitors may avail themselves of such golden opportunities to show their corporate image, promote their brand products, and build their own individualized, amiable public image.

- A stage for investment and trade that provides infinite business opportunities. As China 's only nationwide professional event for international investment promotion, the 8th CIFIT will play a pivotal role in promoting international investment. Multinationals (including some of the world's top 500) and investors/traders from over 100 countries and regions will come to Xiamen , creating a "supermarket" of investment opportunity where exhibitors can meet face to face for negotiations on investment, cooperation and trade, and open avenues of international marketing and international capital business involvement.

-A platform for exchanging views and obtaining information. International Investment Forum and related seminars will be held during the CIFIT session. Political elites, economists, industrialist and risk investors will be invited to deliver speeches and make communications. The forum and seminars will serve as a most authoritative and key platform for obtaining international investment policies / laws / regulations and international capital flow trend.

The 8th CIFIT will further its effectiveness by combining investment with trade, exhibition with negotiation, project promotion with policy consultation, and policy discussion with information release, integrating exhibition, conference and negotiation to give full play to the particular functions and features of the CIFIT and to completely satisfy exhibitors' varied demands.
The 8th CIFIT will be held at the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center from 8 - 11 September 2004. We earnestly invite you to set up your exhibition in the Overseas Pavilion, where we will render the most comprehensive services for the occasion.

Fair Highlights:
-------“Going Global” Strategy
To encourage Chinese enterprises which have the economic strength to develop transnational business to set up exhibition booths in the “Going Global” Exhibition Area, as well as to hold a series of activities such as News Release on Going Global policies.
-------Matchmaking Symposiums
To hold “Matchmaking Symposium for Foreign Investment Projects in China”, “Matchmaking Symposium for Chinese Investment Cooperation Projects” and “Matchmaking Symposium for Chinese Enterprises to Go Global” on a larger scale so as to improve tangible results of business negotiation.
-------Property Rights Exchange and Multinational Purchases
To set up a new exhibition area for property rights exchange and multinational purchase.
-------Renovating Old Industrial Base of Northeast China
To establish a Renovating Northeast China Exhibition Quarter with exhibition booths set up by Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning Provinces and Harbin City to showcase the attractive investment promotion projects of these economic growth areas. A seminar on Renovating the Old Industrial Base of Northeast China will also be held.
-------Cooperation between Hong Kong, Macau and the Mainland after signing CEPA
To push forward the cooperation and development between Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China.

Contact Methods
For invitation letter and the list of investment projects and detailed information about CIFIT, please contact: Liaison Department of the Organizing Committee of CIFIT
Add: 10/F, Worker's Palace, No. 47, Xinhua Road, Xiamen, China 361003
Phone: 86-592-2669829, 2669828 ,  Fax: 86-592-2669830
For more information about the exhibition or exhibition booths, please contact:
Operational Department of Organizing Committee of CIFIT
Add: 10/F, Worker's Palace, No. 47, Xinhua Road, Xiamen, China 361003
Phone:86-592-2669818, Fax:86-592-2669822
*To attend the exhibition for multinationals & overseas enterprises, please contact
Investment Promotion Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Commerce, PRC
Fax:86-10-65198158, 85288906
For more information about forums and seminars or registration, please contact:
1. Investment Promotion Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Commerce, PRC
Phone:86-10-65198157、65198158,  Fax:86-10-65198158
2. Operational Department of the Organizing Committee of CIFIT
Phone:86-592-2669857、2669858, Fax:86-592-2669861
Register online, please visit:

3. The East China Import & Export Commodity Fair (ECF)
early of March, annually
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The East China Import & Export Commodity Fair (ECF) is a regional trade fair with the largest scale, biggest number of traders, the widest coverage and the highest trade volume in China. East China Fair is co-sponsored by nine provinces and cities in the East China, namely Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shandong, Nanjing and Ningbo. Since 1991, 13 sessions has been successfully staged. There are three main categories: textiles, crafts and light industrial commodities. The 13th East China Fair (2003) was in Shanghai New International Expo Center with an exhibition area of 57,500 sqm and 2,966 booths in 5 professional pavilions. Among them, 44.5% are for textile & garment (over 1,300 booths), 39.99% for light industry (1,186 booths) and 15.51% for Crafts (460 booths). Apart from the nine co-sponsors, over 20 provinces, autonomous regions and cities as well as 100 foreign companies also participated in the ECF, which added the total exhibitors to 2,400, 100 more than the previous session. During the 13 years of its history, the participation breakdown have changed from state-owned enterprises only to state-owned supplemented with foreign invested enterprises and finally to triopoly of state-owned, private and foreign invested enterprises. This change reflects the process of China’s economic reform and diversification. Among the exhibitors to the 13th ECF, 874 or 38.2% are state-owned enterprises, 803 or 35.2% are private enterprises and 609 or 26.6% are foreign-invested enterprises. ECF boasts of great export volume. The 13th ECF witnessed a total export transaction of 2.04 billion USD, 20.8% higher than previous session. The breakdown of export destination are as follows: 28.1% to Japan, 17.15% to Europe, 16.06% to the US, 10.55% to HK and Macao, 5.45% to Korea, 5.29% to Middle East, 4.67% to ASEAN region, 3.17% to Taiwan, 2.32% to Latin America, 1.86% to Africa, 1.40% to Russia, and 3.98% to other regions. Transaction items are textiles & garments (1.08177 billion USD) and light industry products (901.73 million USD), 17.72% and 48.33% higher than the previous session respectively. The number of visitors to the 13th ECF set another record of 15,749, 15.41% more than the previous session. Visitors were from 175 countries or regions, an increase of 21. The breakdown of visitors by regions are as follows: 64.3% from Asia, 7.84 from Europe, 7.19% from North America, 2,54% from Oceanic, 1.61% from Latin America and 1.05% from Africa. With ever-increasing reputation, more and more professional associations and buyers give favors to ECF. The 13th ECF will house 76 participation teams (805 heads) from 16 countries or regions such as Japan, the US, New Zealand, Australia, Philippine, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, 64 teams more than last year.
Contact Address: 12 FL. Jincheng Mansion 511 West Tian Mu Rd. Shanghai, 200070 China
Tel: 0086 21 63539977, Fax: 0086 21 62561068, 63542586

4. The China International Consumer Goods Fair (CICGF)

The 3rd China International Consumer Goods Fair (CICGF) will be held on June 8th-12th, 2004 in Ningbo International Convention & Exhibition Center, and its total exhibition area will reach more than 90,000 sq.m. CICGF is approved by the State Council, supported by Ministry of Commerce, is the best and largest internatinal consumer goods fair in China, and also is a key specialized export-oriented exhibition in China.
There were 1,515 stands on the 2nd CICGF with near a thousand exhibitors from 28 provinces and cities and an international buyers' exhibition hall with 18 famous international purchasing groups; nearly 10 thousand foreign businessmen and over 40 thousand domestic businessmen visited the exhibition with 610 million USD revenue of export volume.
The 3rd CICGF will set up over 1,650 stands, and will be divided into 9 exhibition areas: household textiles, garments, home appliances, light industry, arts and crafts, foodstuffs, international buyers, E-commerce and foreign trade service. It will be an ideal occasion for guests from all over the world to exchange information and to promote business.

Mr. FAN Xiaojun
Add: 1/F, No.190 Lingqiao Rd. Ningbo, 315000 China
Tel: 0086 574 873102543, 87327683,  Fax: 0086 574 87327860

Fro more Fair & Exhibition information, you can visit the web site of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT):

contact address of the Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office, Embassy of China:
Tel: 02-9714615, 9712829, 9712032
Fax: 02-9712416

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